Contract Instructor Positions for Summer 2020

Pursuant to Article 16 of the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement, applications are invited from members of the CUPE 4600-2 bargaining unit and other interested persons to teach the following Philosophy courses during the 2020 Summer term:

PHIL 1200 [0.5 credit]: The Meaning of Life
Scheduled early summer semester (May/June); Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This course is intended as an introduction to philosophical issues surrounding the enduring question of life’s meaning. Through a consideration of a number of philosophical writings on the topic (particularly from 19th century, 20th century, and contemporary authors in the Western philosophical tradition), students will be familiarized with various examples of all three major approaches to life’s meaning, viz. supernaturalist (including religious) approaches, naturalist approaches, and nihilist (or pessimistic) approaches.

PHIL 1700 [0.5 credit]:  Philosophy of Love and Sex
Scheduled early summer semester (May/June); Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 – 5:30 pm

A survey of philosophical classics, on themes of romantic love, friendship, self-love, altruistic love, sexuality, eroticism and the passion/reason dichotomy, from Plato’s Symposium to Foucault’s History of Sexuality; and an examination of related contemporary issues (such as pornography, sex work, polyamory, sexual ‘perversions’, S/M) in light of these perspectives.

PHIL 2001 [0.5 credit]: Introduction to Logic
Scheduled late summer semester (July/August); Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

An introduction to the techniques and philosophical implications of propositional and predicate logic with emphasis on translation of expressions into symbolic form, testing for logical correctness, the formulation and application of rules of inference, and the relation between logic and language. While the course will be accessible to students with non-philosophical backgrounds, the textbook and assignments will provide students with basic knowledge of propositional and predicate logic that are assumed by higher-level courses in logic.

PHIL 2003 [0.5 credit]:  Critical Thinking
Scheduled early summer semester (May/June); Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This course introduces students to basic principles of informal and formal reasoning. The main objective of the course is to enhance students’ capacity for critical thought in everyday life as well as in more specialized contexts. Topics explored in the course typically include: the nature and identification of arguments as reasons for belief; logical strength in deductive, inductive, and abductive arguments; common informal and formal argumentative fallacies; the method of counterexamples and other strategies for assessing the truth of argument premises; core insights from the probability calculus for estimating likelihoods; dealing with expert disagreement; and the special concerns of thinking critically about moral matters.

PHIL 2380 [0.5 credit]:  Environmental Ethics
Scheduled for early summer semester (May/June):  Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This course addresses a series of questions relevant to the evaluation of environmental issues from a philosophical perspective. Why is the natural environment valuable? Does it possess value only insofar as it provides us with some instrumental good or does it have inherent worth independent of that which human beings derive from it? Should we preserve and protect the natural world for its own sake or simply for our own? How might the answers we give to these questions inform our environmental activism and our public policies? In an attempt to address these questions, the course will look at various arguments philosophers have offered regarding the natural world’s value, and assess various strategies that have been proposed and pursued in the name of respecting and/or preserving our natural environment. Material for this course may be drawn from both historical and contemporary philosophy, and from both the analytic and the continental tradition. While the course will be accessible to students with non-philosophical backgrounds, its methods of evaluation will prepare students to succeed in upper level courses in ethics and social and political philosophy.

PHIL 2504 [0.5 credit]:  Language and Communication
Scheduled late summer semester (July/August); Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Some of the central topics in the study of language and communication as pursued by linguists and philosophers. The nature of meaning; the connections between language, communication and cognition; language as a social activity.

Application Procedures and Deadlines:

Required Professional Qualifications:  MA Degree in the appropriate field.

Closing Date:  Wednesday, January 8th, at 1:00 pm

All applicants must apply to the Department Head in writing and in relation to each course for which they wish to be considered:
Professor Annie Larivée
Chair, Department of Philosophy
Carleton University
1125 Colonel by Drive, 3A35 Paterson Hall
Ottawa, ON. K1S 5B6

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As per Article 15.3 of the current CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement, applicants are required to submit an up to date CV, including a complete listing of all courses taught within the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 bargaining unit at Carleton University. Note that when applying to classes for which they have incumbency, applicants shall not be required to (re)submit documentation beyond their updated CV.

Pre-Posting Hiring Decisions:

The following courses have been assigned to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or visiting scholars.  These courses are not open for applications but the department will contact the most senior incumbent to review their rights under Article 17.6 of the CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement:

  • PHIL 1550: Introduction to Ethics and Social Issues
  • PHIL 2408: Bioethics

A note to all applicants: As per Articles 16.3 and 16.4 in the CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement, the posted vacancies listed above are first offered to applicants meeting the incumbency criterion. A link to the current CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement can be found at the Academic Staff Agreements webpage on the Carleton University Human Resources website and the CUPE 4600-2 website